It’s All about the PRODUCE !!!

 

You go to the store and purchase salad makings with the best of intentions.

 Like the busy time-saver you are, you pre-chop your lettuce and your veggies so you can toss a healthy meal together on the go. But, a few days later your lettuce and veggies are mushy and gross.

 What to do  when this happens & why ?????

A combination of natural gasses, moisture build up, and the act of chopping your veggies can speed of decomposition.

 But, with a few handy tricks you can make them last long enough to get your money’s worth! 

Cucumbers:

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Cucumbers are tasty when they’re crispy. When they turn mushy … not so much. To keep cut cucumbers fresh longer, try this tip:

  Cut your cucumbers into about 1/4-inch slices. Stack the slices in a sealable container. Then, place a folded paper towel on top of your cucumbers and put a lid on your container. Store your cucumbers upside down (so that the paper towel is on the bottom). The towel will soak up extra moisture. 

Peppers:

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Need to keep your chopped bell peppers fresh a few days more? Try this hack :

 Use a sharp knife to cut your peppers. A dull knife could damage the exterior of the veggie. Remove the stem and seeds. Then cut into slices or chunks.

 Lay your pepper slices on a paper towel and wrap the towel around the peppers. Place the paper towel-covered peppers into a bowl and add about 1/2 inch of cold water. This will keep your peppers fresh for about a week.

Carrots:

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Do you buy baby carrots just to avoid trying to slice, dice, and store full grown carrots? Try this hack and save a little extra cash at the grocery store. 

Trim off all of the green tops from the carrots. Store the tops in a separate container if you want to use them for soup later on. 

Store your newly trimmed carrots in a bowl of water for several weeks. 

Bonus points: this actually works for baby carrots too. 

Lettuce:

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Pros have  tried three different ways to keep lettuce greens fresh in the fridge. 

Method 1: Storing leaves in rolled in a paper towel then placed in a plastic bag.

 Method 2: Storing leaves in a hard, re-sealable, plastic container with a paper towel.

 Method 3: Storing the greens in a plastic produce bag with a puff of air and sealed. 

Surprisingly, all three methods yielded still-fresh veggies after 7 days. 

At 10 days, the clear winner was method 2: Line a plastic storage container with paper towels and line the towel with greens. 

Don’t pack them down. Seal with a lid and store. The hard container protects the leaves from getting bruised and extra space in the container provides enough air flow to keep the greens … green! 

How to make your fresh produce last longer

If you’ve ever spent big bucks on fresh fruits and veggies only to have them go bad a few days later, you’re not alone. Keeping fruits and veggies fresh can be tricky, especially when the weather starts warming up. If you want to save money and keep your food fresh longer, check out a few of these tips for storing your favorite produce.

1. Bananas

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Wrap ’em up. Cover the stems in plastic wrap to keep the natural gases emitted by bananas from browning the bananas too quickly. You can wrap the bunch together or break them apart or store them  individually, I have this banana box for my little one and it works wonders!!

2. Potatoes

Store your favorite starch with an apple. The natural ethylene gas in apples helps keep the potatoes from sprouting. 

3. StrawBerries,Amla, Jamun,other berries .

Wash your berries in 1 cup (240 ml) vinegar and 3 cups (700 ml) water before storing them. Make sure you dry them completely to keep mold and bacteria at bay. Store them in airtight containers in the fridge .

4. Tomato

If you want to keep your tomatoes fresh and tasty, keep them out of the refrigerator, according to Cosmopolitan. Store tomatoes on the counter so they ripen properly. If they still have stems, I would suggest  you store them stem side down (or cover the stems with scotch tape). 

5. Celery

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Ditch the plastic your celery came in and wrap the bunch in tin foil. The foil makes it easier for natural gases to escape. Plastic bags keep the gases trapped in, which wilts your celery faster. 

6. Herbs, Curry leaves , Mint 

8 Vegetables That You Can Regrow Again And Again.

Stop tossing your herbs in the refrigerator. Grab a glass, fill it with water and put your fresh herbs on a windowsill. The cold temperatures of the fridge wilt your herbs and suck away flavor. When herbs start to go bad, chop them up, put them in an ice cube tray and cover with olive oil. Freeze until set. They’ll last for months this way! 

7. Mushrooms

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Store your mushrooms in a brown paper bag. The bag helps keep your mushrooms dry and clean so they don’t get slimy. If they start to dry out, rinse them under water. 

8. Radishes

Chop them and store them in a bowl of water in the refrigerator to keep them fresh and crispy, it stays fresh upto 15 days !

9. Cheese

Rub the cut edges of your cheese with butter. This keeps hard cheese from drying out. 

10. Onions

Store onions in a cool, dry place. Lay them flat so they get good air circulation, so that the outer skins dry and don’t get moldy. 

11. Apples

Store apples in the refrigerator to make them last longer. They last up to three weeks in the fridge. Note: Keep these sweet treats away from other fruits and veggies because they release a ton of natural gas, which causes your other produce (except for potatoes) to ripen faster. 

12. Oranges

Store oranges at room temperature. Try a basket to allow air flow to circulate to keep your fruit juicy.

13. Lemons

Instead of cutting your lemons in half for a bit of juice, poke them with a skewer and use the juice you need. Then just store the lemon in the refrigerator. Cutting your lemon in half will make it dry out faster. 

14. Broccoli

Store your broccoli in the refrigerator, wrapped in plastic. Broccoli should last up to five days. 

15. Greens,Coriander leaves.

 

Store your lettuce and spinach in the veggie drawer, wrapped in plastic. Add a paper towel to absorb moisture. If your lettuce starts to wilt a bit early, soak it in ice water to revive the crispness. 

16. Avocado

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Keep your avocados on the counter until ripe. This usually takes two or three days, depending on their state when you bought them. When they soften a bit, store them in the fridge to keep them from going bad. Preserve the tasty fruit by squeezing a bit of lemon on the exposed pulp if you need to store it. 

17. Spring onions 

8 Vegetables That You Can Regrow Again And Again.

You can significantly increase the shelf life of these onions by storing them in a jar of water on the counter. Snip away as you need (and they’ll keep growing in between!). 

What are some of your tricks for making your food last longer? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Clean your Fridge ……. PERIOD!

Forget the diet , Forget the TV Shows , Forget all those weight loss schemes !! JUST FORGET IT !!!!!.

If you want to feel more energetic, improve your health and perhaps lose a few pounds, cleanse your fridge instead. Taking stock of what’s inside your refrigerator – and deciding what to keep and what to toss – is the first step toward making nutritious food choices.

Giving your fridge – and pantry (more on that next week) – a spring makeover will help ensure you have the right foods on hand for healthy meal prep and, if stored properly, you’ll reduce food waste, too.

The thing called Refrigerator !!

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ANATOMY OF A NUTRIENT-PACKED FRIDGE

Start by emptying your fridge and cleaning the shelves with hot soapy water. As you return items, check best-before dates on salad dressings, condiments, nut butters and other packaged foods. (Read to the bottom for more details.)

Now you’re ready to stock up on nutrient-packed, minimally processed foods. Here’s my go-to guide to a healthy fridge – it’s actually a peek inside my own fridge – that will keep your eating habits on track.

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Fresh fruits and vegetables

I prep my produce in advance for the week to ensure I actually eat what I buy instead of tossing out wilted, rotting vegetables. To do this, wash and dry lettuce, SPINACH,Coriander ..blah blah in short all those leave veggies , then wrap it in paper towels and store it in resealable produce bags, or best brown baggies .

To prolong freshness, use your crisper drawers properly. Produce that releases ethylene gas, which cause them to rot prematurely, should be stored on the low-humidity setting. These include apples, pears, ripe bananas, ripe avocados, mangoes,  melons, papayas to name a few .

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Stock produce strategically, too. I store a bowl of fresh fruit on a shelf where my family can see it as soon as they open the fridge. It makes healthy snacking easier when hunger strikes.

Dairy

My staples include plain yogurt, cheese , cottage cheese , sometimes  all the times Cream cheese !

You won’t find highly processed margarine in my fridge. Instead, I stock butter and, since I always  use it, I store it in the door of my Fridge .

Eggs

Eggs will last longer in the fridge, provided you don’t put them in the door. The cold does make them last, but constant changes in temperature can make them go off quicker. They should be kept nearer the back of the fridge, where the temperature is more constant.

Nuts

Packed with healthy fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals, nuts are a regular feature in my fridge. (They go rancid more quickly when stored at room temperature due to their high fat content.) My staples include raw almonds, cashews and walnut halves, all tasty pairings with dried fruit.

Roasted nuts also have a reserved spot in my freezer . I alternate between roasted slivered almonds, pine nuts, shelled pistachios and pumpkin seeds.

I toss roasted nuts into salads, add them to yogurt and sprinkle them over stir-fries. It takes only 3 to 8 minutes to roast them in a 350-degree oven.

Plant proteins.

Canned beans are super convenient,( bangalore has a lot of canned beans on the shelves these days ) but I have always been soaking and cooking dried beans on the weekend. It’s easy to do and can be done while you’re doing something else, including sleeping.

Cooked beans keep in the fridge for up to four days (or up to three months in the freezer). Seasoning with salt will prolong their refrigerated shelf life to one week. I add them to soup, salad and tacos.

Condiments

My condiment shelf includes mustard, mayonnaise, hot sauce, salsa, fish sauce, curry paste, sesame oil, walnut oil, capers, olives, hummus and Hot sauce . I buy small jars and bottles of everything so I can use it before the best-before date.

Leftovers

I purposely make enough to have leftovers for quick, healthy meals during the week. To prevent left-over mysteries – and food waste – I store them in clear glass containers so I can easily see what’s inside. Leftovers will keep for four days in the fridge.


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WHAT TO TOSS AND WHAT TO KEEP

“Best-before” dates indicate how long a product will retain its peak freshness, flavour and quality; they don’t tell you about the food’s safety. Once you open a food package, best-before dates no longer apply.

Many refrigerated foods can be eaten safely soon after their best-before dates have passed, provided they’ve been stored properly. That’s true for milk, yogurt, eggs and many condiments. (They may not taste as fresh, though.)

However, the quality and safety of fresh meat and poultry, deli meats and smoked fish decrease after the best-before date. Once past their prime, throw these foods out.

Resist the temptation to combine the contents of open jars of identical products since their best-before dates may be different depending on when you bought them and how long they’ve been opened.

Pitch any leftovers that have been refrigerated for more than four days.

Next post on how to Clean your fridge 🙂

until then happy Housekeeping !!

De-Cluttering your Bedroom

DE CLUTTERING THE BEDROOM 

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The process of decluttering your home isn’t always easy, and it can be downright stressful when you have to say goodbye to some of your possessions, but it’s a great idea. If you’re getting ready to list your home for sale, almost certainly you’ll need to declutter in order to make your house look larger, more open and, in a word, better. When you declutter prior to sale, you’ll also make your move down the road lighter and thus easier and less expensive. 

 Many people assume that kitchen as the most important part remove away some clutters, but decluttering your bedroom is more important. That’s all because you do some important tasks in your bedroom. Keeping things tidy and neat is the initial step you need to take to remove away all clutters as well as organizing your bedroom space. Following are smart ways to cut clutter in your bedroom. check it out!

I was surprised to see the overwhelming majority of folks who say that clutter is their biggest problem in the bedroom. It seems that even the room that’s supposed to be your sanctuary can’t escape the mess of everyday life. 

To de-clutter the bedroom: (1) get rid of anything you don’t use, and (2) find storage solutions to deal with what you have left. Step-by-step plan below…

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Keep in mind that the often you remove clutter, the less time you will need to take when cut cluter in your bedroom. First of all, clean your closet through your dresser and other parts. Clean some clutters all over the room. During your declutter activity, try to place a recycle bin to make sure that you have got rid of what you’ve already read. In addition, you can also tailor it as your own habits.

Regularly declutter your clothes closet

If you are searching for the biggest culprit in your bedroom, try with the closet at first. Even if, it is often behind the closed doors and commonly occupied with clothes that no longer you wear and some clothes that never got back on the right hanger. A little habit will help you out:

  • Take for about five seconds to hang up your clothes
  • Fold and put them into the right pile on your shelves.
  • Put the dirty clothes into the basket instead of putting it in between stack on the floor.

Spending a little time can make your decluttering time way easier and less time consuming as well.

Choose the right basket

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First thing you have to do to decluttering your bedroom is making sure that you already have a laundry basket in the bedroom. a laundry basket is one of the most important part to keep your bedroom neat and tidy as well. if you don’t have any laundry basket, you can opt for something that ally your bedroom décor such as sleek bin or a beautiful basket. Commit to put your dirty clothes in the basket to keep your bedroom neat and also tidy.

Make use bowls and trays to hold clutter

You bedroom tends to have some items such as earrings, knickknacks, books, watches and others. Streamline them by placing it in a tray or bowl to store those items and place it next to your bed. Instead, you can also install a mini drawer or an organizer to store them if you think tray and bowl is not an efficient way to decluttering your bedroom.

 In short Declutter the Bedroom:

  • Take everything out of the bedroom that doesn’t belong there. Remove any dishes, paperwork, loose change, etc. If possible, keep high-energy objects like TVs and computers out of the bedroom.
  • Get rid of any clothes, jewelry, or shoes that you don’t need. Be ruthless! Each thing you get rid of is one less thing to store and care for.
  • Clean all surfaces, wash sheets, and clean the floors.

Why I need a Meal Planner ??

You should never have the excuse that you have nothing in the house to prepare for dinner. Like virtually anything that you need to to set up and organize, meal preparation requires some basic planning. Setting up basic systems so that you always have things at the ready and you can speed up the time it takes to get dinner on the table.

When you decide to eat a meal out, is it because you are consciously choosing to do so? Or is it because you haven’t the time or ingredients to prepare something at home? If you are like most people, it is probably the latter. Yet it doesn’t have to be that way. With a bit of planning, less than 15 minutes a week, you can cut back on your grocery bills, eat healthier, and feel better. All it takes is a meal planner.

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Features Of A Meal Planner

A meal planner is a just a collection of items that will allow you (or any other cooking person) to get a meal on the table with ingredients that are on hand. It will have the following items:

  • A menu plan. A menu plan is what you will eat for the meals in the coming week. It will list out all the dishes that will be prepared so you can check for nutritional balance, and also take into account family schedules.
  • Recipes. The recipes portion of the planner has two purposes: it allows you to assemble the instructions for making a meal in one place, as well as provide a basis for the next portion of the planner.
  • A shopping list. The shopping list is what allows you to have the ingredients on hand to make the meals you have planned. Nothing is worse than to start a recipe and find that you have forgotten to buy a key ingredient. By taking the ingredient list from the recipes, you can ensure you have everything on hand.
  • Reminders. These instructions would allow you to remember to start dishes on time, or pull things from the freezer. If you are planning a slow cooker dinner that takes 8 hours, you need to be reminded to get it started, or dinner won’t be done on time.

Putting Together A Planner

  • I like to keep everything together in one spot. I have assembled a meal planner using basic office supplies which allows me to keep everything in one place (the front of the refrigerator).
  • I used  a sheet protector to the front of a sheet of paper . The sheet protector holds the menu plan for two weeks. For each day on the planning sheet I have a spot for any activities that are going on that might affect dinner (early evening meetings, for example); a box for the food plan, including side dishes; and a box with reminders for the next day (such as defrosting meat, or assembling the slow cooker meal for the fridge).

 

  • Inside the folder I have sheet protectors into which I slip the recipes for each day. This makes it easy for me to find my recipes, or to hand everything over to my husband.

 

  • In the back pocket of the folder I keep the shopping list for the plan, and the shopping list for the next two week period. I add items as the week passes that will need to be purchased during the next shopping trip.

 

  • I clip the entire folder to the front of the fridge using a heavy-duty magnet.

Using A Planner

  • The first step is to fill out my planning sheet. I list out the days as well as meal-affected events such as meetings, travel and birthdays (for which we eat out). Then I look through my recipes and pick things that fit the schedule and the season. During summer we do a lot of grilling and salads, but I save the labor-intensive food for the weekends.

 

  • At this point I have filled out the menu planner and have a pile of recipes. I record each recipe’s ingredients on a shopping list, then file it in the planner pocket for that day.

 

  • The shopping list is then double-checked against the planner board in our kitchen for things we are out of, and also compared to our pantry ingredients to see if there is anything we already have on hand.

 

  • With a menu planner, we are able to keep our food budget in a good place and only go out to eat when we wish to, rather than because we don’t have our acts together enough to cook. Do you have any tips for meal planning? Share below.

An Organized Pantry

An organized pantry comes with plenty of upsides: you can save money because you’ll know exactly what you have in stock, you might be compelled to cook more, and you can stop any bugs  in their tracks by avoiding the sticky spills and stray crumbs when everything’s packaged and sealed in containers and bags. But if you haven’t given your pantry a good clean in months (or years!), it can be a daunting task.

Once upon a time , We had  a large pantry, but it still felt like I didn’t have enough room for all the food I was buying and it was disorganized and overflowing on the shelves. Everything was being piled on top of each other and I couldn’t find anything—I would buy things I already had because I couldn’t remember what was in there.

Since the main issue with my disorganized pantry was the overflowing bags of food, I took stock of the grains, nuts, and pasta bags in my pantry and placed them in clear food containers. My advice: Divide and conquer, and take your time. “If you aren’t sure about the size, buy one at a time to test out which sizes work for you before getting a large amount of containers,” Also  You can always add more later. I bought so many and it can add up cost-wise, but think of it as an investment since you can use it for years to come and it will help you stay organized.

The results made a big difference both in terms of space and money. I’ve actually gotten more free shelf space back because I can stack the containers on top of each other and in front of each other. I can fit three times as much food on one shelf, It’s great to be able to find what I’m looking for and now that I can see everything it inspires me to cook a variety of items. When I go grocery shopping, I can visualize the bins and what was low and needed to be replenished.

For more pantry organizing ideas, here are my  best tips:

1)Keep Things Within Reach 

Avoid having your family members mess up your painstakingly-organized pantry by making the most-used items easy to find on one shelf or area. Keep the items YOU  eat on a regular basis accessible so they don’t have to move things around! PERIOD !

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2)Hang Stuff Up

Save shelf space by using an over-the-door hook to store lunch bags and soft coolers on the back of your pantry door, If you don’t have a door, you can put up temporary hooks on a blank wall to hang bags.

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3)Get Rid of Boxes

Save space by unboxing individually-wrapped items like flours and grains and gathering them in a cabinet space  marked ‘Grains ’ so you don’t have to tear apart the pantry to find them,

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4)Use the Floor Space Wisely

Always keep food off of the floor,Use the floor of your pantry for appliances, pet food, extra containers, or beverage cans.

5)Pack Away Rarely-Used Utensils / appliances 

You probably aren’t going to use your grand moms  antique channel collection / or your rarely used fruit juicer —and if it’s taking up prime pantry real estate, you’ll want to find a new home for it in your kitchen. Store appliances you use infrequently in another closet, or up on the top shelf of your pantry.

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I hope it inspires you!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would love for you to share this post and pin it below!

You guys are great, and please let me know any questions you may have!

Tips for Kitchen Organization 2016

Whether you’re ready to reorganize, take on some upgrades, or tackle a major renovation, our tips and tricks will help you make sure the busiest room in the house is also the most efficient one. Time to get cooking!

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An organized kitchen allows you to cook more efficiently, clean up quickly―and find everything you need instantly.

1)Take inventory.

Pull all items out of the cupboards and place on a large table. Put things into groups, creating a loose hierarchy based on how often you use the pieces.

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2)Donate or toss.

Evaluate each item. If you have three frying pans of the same size, donate one, along with anything you haven’t used in a couple of years. Discard anything that’s broken and can’t be repaired or is missing parts, like a pot without a handle.

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3)Create zones.

When putting back items, place those used for cooking and food preparation in cabinets near the stove and work surfaces; those for eating should be closer to the sink, refrigerator, and dishwasher.

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4)Create a hot zone.

Designate a place around the stove and the sink for the essentials: oil, vinegar, knives, and cutting board.

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5)Place items within reach.

If you cook frequently, keep ingredients where you will be using them: the basket of potatoes near the cutting board; sugar and flour near the stand mixer.

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6)Let usage dictate storage.

Keep frequently used cookware immediately on hand. Stow things you use every now and then, like muffin tins and cookie sheets, in a less accessible cabinet. Move items you use only once a year, like the roasting pan for the turkey, out of the kitchen altogether.

7)Organize cupboards with access in mind.

Position heavy things below the counters, lighter things above them.

8)Organize items by type.

Pots and pans should be grouped by kind and placed one inside the other, from smallest to largest. If you have room, it’s best to keep lids atop their pots or pans; otherwise, arrange them from smallest to largest and keep their partners close by. Put all the bowls in one cabinet and all the baking pans in another to ensure that you’ll always go to the right place.

9)Arrange everyday appliances.

If you have lots of counter space and cook frequently, there’s no reason to hide your small appliances. Attractive toasters and toaster ovens, blenders, food processors, coffee grinders, and coffeemakers can stay on the counter.

10)Stash less frequently used appliances.

Those that are used only once or twice a year should not occupy valuable real estate. Store them in an out-of-the-way cupboard, the garage, or the attic.

11)Put walls to work.

Hang up racks or pegs to keep favorite utensils, pot holders, and dish towels in plain sight.

12)Make recycling efficient.

Having a bin for bottles and cans right next to the one for regular trash, instead of out in the garage or in the mudroom, streamlines end-of-meal cleanup.

13)Organize under the sink.

Start by moving anything you use sporadically to the garage or pantry and throwing out anything rusted, crusted, or congealed. Consider a pull-out trash can on gliders, and door attachments that hold sponges, brushes, and plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Or corral cleaning products and supplies on one side of the cabinet in a plastic caddy, and put the trash can on the other side.

14)Contain plastic grocery bags.

Stuff them inside an empty tissue box for compact storage and easy retrieval.

15)Arrange flatware for efficiency.

Use drawer dividers and utensil trays (large enough to accommodate oversize pieces) to keep your kitchen accoutrements in order.

16)Rearrange the fridge.

Perishable foods should go at the bottom and toward the back, not on the door. The lower shelf, where it’s coldest, is best for dairy products. Produce stays fresher in a crisper drawer. Use the door to store bottled food and condiments.

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17)Organize the freezer.

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Consider making designated sections (prepared meals, vegetables, desserts). Use dividers, baskets, or multilayer ice caddies to keep containers neat and accessible. Be sure to label things.

18)Declutter yearly. 

Take an inventory of all utensils, cookware, and dishware annually. Get rid of unnecessary duplicates, items that are damaged beyond repair, or things no longer used.

 

19)Clump small things together.


Keep small kitchen items in containers, see-through bins if possible, with neat, easy-to-read labels.

Anything that was especially new or surprising to you here? Anything you’re definitely going to implement in your own kitchen? Please let me know !!

–Prats ♥♥

How to clean a House ……

How to keep a house clean….

When I first started a few years ago , I was forever making up lists and methods to keep track of everything from organization to daily routines. I had notebooks and files and all sorts of systems involving complicated color coding and chore tracking devices. The problem was, once I would get the systems all set up, I would fail miserably at using them.

I had made housekeeping more complicated than it needed to be. I felt like I was always behind and my house seemed on the verge of chaos.

In my constant struggle  to live life more fully, I’m always evaluating and re evaluating  things I want to include  into my life and what things I DON’T want.

I want to have a beautifully decorated, clean and organized home, but there are other things in life that are important to me too.

 I want my home to be in order so I am free to have  relationships and enjoy living, but I don’t want to be a slave to my housekeeping routines.

So, how do I balance it all? I keep it simple.

Over the years I’ve found I can focus on four basic housekeeping routines that work for me, and I’m sticking to them. I can add other things, of course, but these are the tried and true basics. Some I learned from Flylady, some were ideas from other sites  I read as a young mom and many are just my own ways of doing things. 

By breaking it down and doing what works for me, I feel I can manage my life, instead of my house taking over my life.

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Here is what I FOCUS on every day:

MORNING  ROUTINES . 

I have found that having a regular morning routine works best for me. This involves at the very least: some quiet time, not making the bed, taking a shower (hanging up my towel when I am done, of course!), putting on very simple makeup and getting dressed right down to my shoes. I always toss in a load of laundry as I am getting dressed. I find if I start out the day with those few things, I am ready for anything and feel energized to tackle my day! 

CLEAN SINKS.

I learned the Fly lady system back when my daughter  was born. I was taking care of her and shifted into a new house . All that and working part-time!

 Fly lady to the rescue! She broke it down for me and I listened: clean and shiny sinks, always. Interestingly, it was the same exact advice my mom taught me as a young girl!

I follow this principle both in our bathrooms and the kitchen. Something about striving for that shiny sink keeps me from letting dirty dishes pile up in the kitchen and icky stuff like hair and spit discouraging me every time I pass through the bathroom.

CLEANING FRENZIES.

Since the beginning of our marriage, my husband and I have utilized what we call “cleaning frenzies” to give our home a quick clean up every day. A cleaning frenzy might last ten minutes or even up to an hour. But everyone participates, including the 3 of us . We run around picking things up, putting things back, and generally tidying things up.Sometimes we focus on one room; sometimes it is an entire house frenzy. Sometimes it is a task frenzy, like dusting or cleaning all toilets! It works like a charm to make a big impact in a short period of time. Even one “10-minute cleaning frenzy” a day keeps the frustration away.

 NIGHTLY KITCHEN CLEAN UP. 

Every night, almost without fail, we clean the kitchen. We put away dishes, load the final dishwasher load of the day, wipe off counters, and polish up the sink. There is nothing like waking up to a clean kitchen to make your day feel less overwhelming from the start.

 

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If I Have My Basic Routines Down, My Home Stays “Clean Enough” Most Of The Time. Keeping Up On Things Means I Rarely Feel Overwhelmed By All That Needs To Be Done! When My Home Is Maintained On A Daily Basis, It Is Really Easy To Add In A Few Extra Tasks Now And Then To Really Shine Things Up Or Get Things Organized.

 

But If I Let My Daily Routines Go, My House Soon Spirals Out Of Control. My House Isn’t Perfect By Any Means, But I Am Ok With That. It Is Clean Enough! I’m Sticking To My Tried And True Basics. No More Complicated Chore Charts For Me! I Promise, My Four Daily Routines Work!

What are your tried and true routines? What is your biggest area of frustration in keeping your house clean?